I have registered to participate in the 2021 Run of Hope Seattle on Sunday, September 26th. This year's virtual event is just as important as ever to ensure we continue to support pediatric brain tumor research at Seattle Children's Hospital. I hope you can support this effort in any way possible by donating to my fundraising page. 100% of your donation will be sent directly to research.
9 years ago we lost our beautiful son, Luke, to a pediatric brain tumor. At just 4 years old Luke endured brain surgeries, 12 weeks of radiation, physical and occupational therapy, chemotherapy, spinal surgery, blood and plasma transfusions, gamma knife, and 7 months of living in Seattle away from his sister and family. While in Seattle we met countless families that were watching their child fight this exact same battle. It is life changing, and so today this is our way of keeping Luke's legacy alive while helping to support other children and families facing the same this exact same diagnosis. The loss and pain that my family faces each day without Luke never goes away, in fact I almost think it gets harder. Watching Lexi and Caleb grow up, and knowing that Luke loved each of them beyond words, and would have loved to have been a part of all the milestones and fun times that they have. For me, as a mother....I have 3 children it is hard when someone asks how many children I have or what each of them is like, and for Phil...he never ever left Luke's side. The Coast Guard allowed Phil and I to solely take care of our son. Many families don't have that option. So as I type this I hope that one message I can send is that children should not be faced with a cancer diagnosis. Losing a child is an incomprehensible loss and these families need our support. Seattle Children's Hospital, through the help of Run of Hope is changing the outcomes for children affected by a brain tumor. Each dollar that is donated to Run of Hope goes directly to research, and this money is saving children's lives. Just in the 9 years that Luke has been gone, we have seen the introduction of Tumor Paint which now lights up cancer cells in the brain. This could have been the difference for Luke. Today, as I begin my team for Run of Hope it is my hope that everyone reading this will consider donating to this fundraiser. To all of you that continue to donate in honor of Luke and other children, I can't express our gratitude. One of my fears when Luke passed away was that the memory of him would fade. I couldn't ever live with that, and thanks to all of you Luke lives on in the hearts and minds of not only people who knew him but even complete strangers. Luke was an incredible little boy who taught us even in your darkest moment their is hope, laughter, a smile, and love. Luke was an inspiration to me and my family, and continues to touch lives. Thank you for loving Luke and helping us honor his legacy, and helping change the lives for other children affected by a pediatric brain tumor. Jennifer